Milton Raptors' comeback falls short
NEOSHO—The Milton Raptors almost put together a stunning comeback Sunday to clinch a spot in the Rock River League championship series, but a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth forced another game against Neosho next weekend to determine the South Division champs.
Milton trailed 7-1 as it came up to bat in the ninth inning. As batters reached base, Milton players started to think they had a chance to win. Then Tommy Scalissi hit a three-run home run that “got us really perked up,” coach Doug Welch said, and the belief began to turn into a reality.
T.J. Klawitter drove in another with a double and Scott Steinke's sacrifice fly tied the game at seven.
“We thought we were going to steal one,” Welch said.
Brad Kaul, Neosho's first batter in the bottom of the ninth, made sure that didn't happen, though. He sent a Klawitter pitch out of the park to end the game.
Now the two teams will play again Saturday at 3 p.m. in Milton's Schilberg Park, and Welch hopes the complexion of the top of the ninth inning put a seed of doubt in the minds of Neosho's players ahead of the elimination game.
NEOSHO 8, MILTON 7
Milton 000 000 016—7 10 2
Neosho 000 400 301—8 13 2
Joe Shere, Klawitter (8), Allison.
Leading hitters—Klawitter 2x5, Allison 2x4. 2B—Klawitter. HR—Scalissi.
SO—Shere 10. BB—Shere 1.